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Vol. 1, Issue 363 n Monday n December 12, 2011
Evening daily Parliament, not Anna, is supreme, says UPA New Delhi: Under pressure from Team Anna and Opposition on the Lokpal issue, the UPA on Monday closed ranks slamming the Jantar Mantar agitation and said that Parliament will decide on Lokpal, not Team Anna. Taking a dig at Anna Hazare's Lokpal debate with politicians at Jantar Mantar, NCP leader Sharad Pawar said that it's good that the supremacy of Parliament was highlighted at Anna's fast venue. "Good that all political parties at Jantar Mantar emphasised the importance of Parliament. We cannot overlook Parliament," Pawar said. Asked about his views on the Jan Lokpal Bill being advocated by Anna, he merely said that everyone has the right to give his views and if someone gives a good suggestion, then it is welcome. "But Parliament is the place for final discussions and decision". Accusing the Opposition of 'double standards', the Government asked why it was raising the Lokpal issue outside while Parliament is in session. "In democracy there is a platform for discussion on every issue. Parliament is the best forum for discussion," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said. "Raising issues outside Parliament shows opposition's double standards. This is not acceptable," she said adding "when we speak outside Parliament they say it is against parliamentary tradition." National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah also slammed Anna's idea of a debate on Lokpal outside Parliament and said, "I request all Parliamentarians not to lower the esteem of the House. MPs should put their opinion on an issue in the House when Parliament is in session." Even as the Congress chose to stay away, the Left, the BJP and other parties spoke out their stand on the Lokpal Bill, sharing stage with Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar on Sunday. BJP's Arun Jaitley, CPI's D Raja and CPM's Brinda Karat, Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party and Leftist AB Bardhan were present at the debate. Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has defended the government and said that if he and his party leaders are liars, they must be thrown out of the nation. "Rahul Gandhi has told me that bring a strong Lokpal Bill. If we are liars, then throw us out of the nation," he said. Anna Hazare's token fast at Janta Mantar on Sunday saw 8 opposition parties on the dias. Pressure is clearly building on the government on Lokpal. The UPA by the look of it stands is isolated at the moment and virtually every opposition party used Anna's platform to embarrass the government. The Union Cabinet meeting on Tuesday is expected to discuss the issue in view of the protests and since Anna Hazare is threatening to renew his agitation from December 27. UPA allies are expected to meet ahead of an all-party meeting called by the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Sources say that the government has planned to include Group C bureaucrats and the Prime Minister but with riders under the Lokpal. Government has also planned to table the Lokpal bill between December 19-22 in Parliament. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said, "The Congress party is totally supportive of a strong effective Lokpal and therefore the Prime Minister himself has called an all party meeting. He's meeting the allies today and tomorrow." Congress minister Beni Prasad Sharma has also hit out on the Anna's agitation, saying Opposition is scared of Rahul Gandhi. "Anna Hazare has become Oposition's spokesperson, especially RSS. Let them come to Uttar Pradesh, we will tackle them. What has Hazare done for the country? Congress will not be scared of him Congress is older than him," he said. Reacting to UPA's allegations, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Opposition doesn't need lessons on decorum from the Congress or National Conference. "We do not need lessons of maintaining Parliament esteem from Congress or Farooq Abdullah. There is nothing wrong in MPs going to Jantar Mantar to participate in a debate," he said. Meanwhile, Anna Hazare on Monday said that youth are now gradually coming to dedicate their whole life for movement against corruption. "Some have come up to work as volunteer as and when there is a movement. The third category of youth is of those who propose to continue their work and whenever there is a movement, they will mobilize people to participate in the movement," Anna said in Ghaziabad.
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DVS files JD(S) to help papers for DVS win poll council poll
May abstain from MLC election on Dec 22 D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The Janata Dal (Secular) has laid bare its intentions and is showing all indications of supporting BJP candidate and chief minister D V SadanandaGowda for the lone member of legislative council seat. The JD(S) is likely not to vote for either Gowda or the Congress candidate, AnandGaddadevara Math. The strategy being considered by the JD(S) is to abstain from voting that would ensure the victory for the chief minister, who has to get elected from either of the state legislatures to continue in his post within six months of being anointed. The deadline is ending in January. But till late last night, the indications were that the Congress and JD(S) would combine forces to defeat SadanandaGowda. There seems to be a change of heart within the JD(S). Sources told Bangalore Beat that the main reason behind it seems to be the caste equation. JD(S) patriarch H D DeveGowda and party state president H D Kumarswamy
D V Sadananda Gowda have a soft corner for SadanandaGowda as he too belongs to their community, the sources added. Giving a hint of what is coming, Kumaraswamy said, “I did not receive any calls
from Congress leaders, including opposition leader in the assembly Siddarmaiah. But at the same time, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has set a new precedent. He called me yesterday and requested me not to field a candidate. We appreciate the overture.” Not only the top two leaders, even MLAs from the JD(S) are said to be in favour of “supporting” SadanandaGowda. Of the 26 JD(S) MLAs, majority are from the Vokkaliga community, who have been pressuring the leadership to ensure the victory for SadanandaGowda. On December 22, they will abstain from voting, the sources added. In a House of 224, the BJP has 119, Congress 71, JD(S) 26 and independents 7, including newly elected B Sriramulu. With the JD(S) abstaining, SadanandaGowda can be sure of winning the seat. Sadananda Gowda’s loss would have set the stage for the ouster of the BJP government. But none of the political parties in the state, including opposition JD(S) or Congress, are ready for general elections at this stage. Continued on page 3
China to set up first military base abroad at Indian Ocean Beijing: In a move that may cause unease in India, China today announced that it will set up its first military base abroad in the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles to "seek supplies and recuperate" facilities for its Navy. The naval fleet may seek supplies or recuperate at appropriate harbours in Seychelles or other countries as needed during escort missions, Chinese Defence Ministry announced here today. China has already cemented its foothold in the Indian Ocean by signing contract with the UN backed International Seabed Authority to gain rights to explore polymetallic sulphide ore deposit in Indian Ocean over the next 15 years. The contract awarded this
year to a Chinese association Ocean. exclusive rights to explore a The base in Seychelles is re10,000-sqkm of international garded significant by analysts as seabed in the southwest Indian China is about to launch its first
Bangalore: The legislative assembly today took up discussion on utilisation of state’s share of Krishna waters after opposition parties protested against government’s inaction over the issue. Opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah, Congress MLAs M B Patil, Kamrul Islam and JD(S) MLA H D Revanna stormed into the well of the House and demanded that the discussion be held under Rule 16. But the Speaker allowed the discussion under Rule 69. Patil said that it is nearly a year since the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal passed an order on the riv-
Bangalore: Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda today filed his nomination for the December 22 bypoll to the legislative council. Gowda was accompanied by his predecessor B S Yeddyurappa, BJP state unit President K S Eshwarappa and several Cabinet colleagues and ruling party MLAs. He submitted papers to the Assembly Secretary,P Omprakasha at Vidhan Soudha, the state Secretariat. Assembly members comprise the electoral college. In the 225-member Assembly, which includes a nominated member, BJP has the support of 121, including Textiles Minister Varthur Prakash, an independent, and the Speaker K G Bopaiah. The Congress has 71 and the JDS 26. There are six independents, including B Sriramulu, who recently won the Bellary (Rural) bypoll after walking out of the ruling BJP. "I have special trust in our MLAs. I am 100 per cent sure that they will cast their ballot for me", Gowda told reporters earlier in the day. A Lok Sabha member, he took over as chief minister from Yeddyurappa on August 4 after he was asked to quit by the party Central leadership in the wake of the Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicting him. He has to get elected from either House of the legislature within six months of the swearing-in to continue in his post as per constitutional provisions.
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er water sharing on December 30. But still the government has been unable to utilise the 103.9 tmcft of water allocated for the state. Though former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa announced that it would be an irrigation decade, no positive steps have been taken so far, he added. Irrigation minister Basavaraj Bommai said plans have been drawn up to utilise the Krishna waters through Chimalaga, Mulawala and Indi lift irrigation projects. The government will fully utilise the waters allocated for the state and funds are being released for the Karnataka Niravari Nigama to take up the projects, he added.
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aircraft carrier. It is currently undergoing final trials. Playing down its significance, Chinese Defence Ministry statement today said it is international practice for naval fleets to re-supply at the closest port of a nearby state during long-distance missions. Apparently commenting on a recent report that China will establish a military base in Seychelles, it said Chinese naval fleets have re-supply facilities at harbours in Djibouti, Oman and Yemen since China sent its first convoy to the Gulf of Aden in 2008. The decision to establish its first naval base abroad was taken during Chinese Defence Minister Gen Liang Guanglie's goodwill visit to Seychelles earlier Bangalore: The BJP is thinking of cancelling the suspension order against this month.
House discusses Krishna Industrial output river water distribution plunges
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BSY meets Congress, JD(S) MLAs
New Delhi: India's industrial output contracted 5.1 per cent in October from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, much sharper than a median forecast in a poll for 0.5 per cent fall. Manufacturing output, which constitutes about 76 per cent of the industrial production, fell an annual 6 per cent, the federal statistics office said in a statement. During April-October, industrial production expanded 3.5 per cent. The output had grown 7.8 per cent in the 2010/11 fiscal year that ended in March, slower than 10.5 per cent clocked in the previous year. Full report on page 3
Bangalore: Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa met three Congress MLAs and five JD(S) MLAs last night at the residence of one of his close associates. The sources said the talks were held to ensure their support for BJP candidate and chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda for the lone legislative council seat. The secret meeting is an indication that the BJP leaders, especially Yeddyurappa, is fighting hard to ensure Gowda’s victory.
HDK, Ashok meet Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and home minister R Ashok met at a reputed club in the city last night. Though the import of the talks is not known, it is said they might have discussed chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda’s election to the legislative council. Both arrived in private cars and met for over one hour. They were seen holding discussions intently. three MLAs to ensure victory for BJP candidate and chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda in the legislative council elections. The saffron party had suspended Suresh Babu, Somashekar Reddy and B Nagendra for supporting Sriramulu during the recent Bellary Rural assembly byelection. But now it may be cancelled to ensure their votes for Gowda. The party will also issue a whip before the election asking the MLAs to vote for Gowda. But since it is a secret ballot, the party would not have any control over who the party MLAs would vote for.
Monday, December 12, 2011
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of ʻpriority sector lendingʼ Bangalore: Apex industry body Assochamhas emphasised on the need for overall review of the definition of ‘priority sector’ lending by banks that was decided almost 40 years ago, to suit the present day needs. In a communication to the Nair Committee, constituted by The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the chamber said that there is a high degree of necessity to include sectors like infrastructure, logistics, health and services in the definition of ‘priority sector.’ Infrastructure has been the biggest hindrance during the past decade and has the potential to outperform other sectors during the next decade. Besides power and roads, infrastructure in agriculture like warehouses and cold storage must also be included in the definition. “Presently considering the fragile and sensitive current account position, foreign exchange position thrust should be laid on exports and export oriented loans must also be included in the priority sector,” said DSRawat, secretarygeneral of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). “There can be allocations towards manufacturing in the priority sector, enabling India to compete with China
as we have been lagging behind in this segment. Therefore, there is an urgent need to focus on manufacturing to generate employment opportunities,” Rawatsaid. Assochamhas further stated that focus towards ‘new ventures’ in the definition of priority sector is the need of the hour and is critical to encourage entrepreneurship in the country as it will encourage new ideas and spur employment. This is important to provide priority sector status, as we don’t have dynamic bond market. New ventures cannot raise funds through bond market and the priority sector status might prove to be fruitful in this regard. As per the recent RBI legislation that loans given to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) for on-lending to priority sector will be removed from the definition of priority sector loans and this will encourage NBFCs (Non-Banking Financial Companies). Assochamcalls for timely and proper checks and balances on such NBFCs to ensure proper on-lending mechanism to intended categories. RBI can also fix certain interest rate caps on NBFCs, for such on-lending loans to ‘priority sector.’
“Such caps can be in terms of interest rates, and can also be in terms of interest rate spreads (over and above the borrowing rate from RBI),” said Rawat. Loans granted to NBFCs, housing finance companies, agriculture co-operatives by banks for on-lending to beneficiaries be classified under the priority sector only if they stick to eligibility criteria as applicable to such beneficiaries. Besides, the basic calculation of 40 per cent as priority sector advance should be based on domestic Average Net Bank Credit (ANBC) and not the entire ANBC of the bank which includes foreign credit aswell. “Wherever the loans can be availed in foreign exchange, the limit should be marked in US dollars to avoid wild fluctuations in exchange rates as it might disturb the cost of significant programmes like education loan for studying abroad,” said Rawat. Assochamwelcomes inclusion of micro-finance institutions (MFIs) under the priority sector lending but calls for a high degree of vigilance to ensure that intended objectives are met effectively, more so as a number of MFIs have emerged during the course of past few years.
IIPM to hold annual fest, AMAZE Lt Gen Sengupta Bangalore: IIPM has organised its annual business school fest, Amaze 2011. The final will be held in the city from December 15 to 17, with the finale on December 18. On the occasion, the business school will launch a crusade for a corruption-free India through a massive national initiative called SACK – Students Against Corruption and Kickbacks. The initiative has seen IIPM students signing up pledges from students of other colleges and schools across the country for the initiative. Amaze will be a platform for students from over 100 institutions across the country to showcase their talent. Events like best manager, innovation quiz, global youth debate conclave, entrepreneurship challenge, DJ Nite and Fashion Show will be part of the fest. On December 18, internationally acclaimed rock group Strings will perform live in a concert, ‘No Strings Attached’, at Palace Grounds. The Pakistani pop-rock duo, who have had international acclaim (including a song featured on the OST of Spiderman 2), will
in standing up against corruption. Amaze 2011 is going to reinvent the term 'fun with a cause' and redefine the way the world views management fests! “It was a great walk. People were looking at us, and seeing what cause we were supporting and that felt great,” said Pramod Kumar, a student of the Spring Summer 2011-13 batch at IIPM who was part of the walk. “Every person in the world should oppose corruption to promote prosperity,” felt DurgacharanSatpathy, who is also from the Spring Summer 2011-13 batch and was part of the team that designed the posters and banners for the walk. Over 200students carried banners against corruption and took part in the walkathon. Students take part in a walkathon, ‘Walk to Inspire’, "It is important for students organised as part of IIPM business school’s annual fest, to be sensitized towards such AMAZE, in the city yesterday. The students expressed burning issues facing the country solidarity with fight against corruption. today but we also need to engage them with light touch so that be there to spread the word while Amaze kicked off yesterday the result is effective. taking everybody down memory with a walkathon, ‘Walk to InAnd walks and events like this lane with all their classic hits spire’, which featured students are a great medium" feels Rafrom ‘Dhaani’ to ‘Duur’ to from institutes all over Bangalore jarshiChakraborty, head, aca‘SarKiyeYehPahar’. walking to show their solidarity demics, IIPM Bangalore.
Lt Gen S S Sengupta, colonel commandant of Madras Sappers and commandant of College of Military Engineering, presents the medal to a winner of 22nd National Kayaking & Canoeing Championship at Halasur lake in Bangalore. Bangalore: Lt Gen S S Sengupta, colonel commandant of Madras Sappers and commandant of College of Military Engineering, presented medals to winners of the 22nd National Kayaking & Canoeing Championship 2011 held at Halasuru Lake in Bangalore recently. The medal presentation ceremony was followed by presentation of ‘replicas’ to awardees of Madras Sappers who donated
their prestigious awards to the Madras Engineer Group as a testimony of their affiliation and contribution of Madras Engineer Group in promoting their sporting career. Awards for ‘Man of the Half Year’ and ‘Sportsmen of the year’ were also presented to the soldiers of Madras Engineer Group for their service to the nation during the operational roles in various parts of country.
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Newspaper distribution studied
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Students of Vivekavardhini Highschool,Rajajinagar, watch lunar eclipse with a reflector and a refractor telescope.
Handicrafts expo till Dec 25 Bangalore: The Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation has organised an exhibition of handicraft artefacts, jewellery and textile at Safina Plaza from today till December 25. The corporation has stressed on bringing out handicrafts with modern designs and themes. It has set up 13 centres across the state and provided basic amenities for artists. The exhibition will source artefacts from rural parts and present them to the urban populace.
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Bangalore: MBA students of Gupta Management and Technical Education College have conducted a study on newspaper distributors and hawkers in the city to understand the concept of distribution management, said Gupta Educational Institutions director B S Indira Gupta. “Maximum number of newspaper distributors are in the age group of 12 to 50 and they are doing it part-time. It has been considered a model study,” she said. “Like the famed dabbawallahs of Mumbai, newspaper distributors too are critical in the newspaper industry chain. Over seven
lakh people across the country and around 7,600 in the city are in newspaper selling business,” she said. “A newspaper goes through a series of processes. But only because of the distributor at the last point does it reach the reader.
Students chose Bangalore and Hindupur to conduct the study. In the two cities, the newspaper distributors have been selling over 9 lakh newspaper copies. The lifestyle and skills of each of these distributors has been studied,” she said.
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Akshay Singh, Akshharaa Gowda Cinepolis (2.40 pm, 9.20 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (9.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (9.55 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (11.20 am) Inox (Malleswaram) (2.05 pm, 7.15 pm)
Anupam Kher , Ashish Nayyar Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (3.30 pm)
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NOT A LOVE STORY (A) Ajay Gehi, Mahie Gill, Deepak Dobriyal, Urmila Matondkar Fame (Value Mall) (10.05 am) Fun Cinemas (10.45 am, 4.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta
CHATUR SINGH TWO STAR (U/A) Sanjay , Ameesha Patel, Kher Abhinay (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (12.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (2.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (7 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.05 pm, 5.35 pm) Vaibhav (6.15 pm, 9 pm)
TELUGU 9.30 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Renukaprasanna (10.30am,1.30pm)
DAGGARAGA DURANGA Sumanth, Vedika, Sindhu Tolani Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30pm) Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45 pm) Renuka Prasanna ( 5.30, 8.30 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (11.15 am, 2.30 pm) Vinayaka (Maathahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Venkateshwara (KRPuram) (6.15 pm, 9.30 pm
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Siddharth Raj Kumar, Aishwarya Cauvery (6.00 pm, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (3.45 pm, 9.10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (7.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.45 am, 4.20 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (2.10 pm) Murali (Gokula) (6.15 pm,
J D Chakravarthy, Bramanandam, Anjan (4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 12.20, 4.50, 7.10, 9.30 pm) HMT Cinemas (4.15 pm, 7.30 pm).
Monday, December 12, 2011
CITY EVENTS General Geological Society of India: Monthly lecture on ‘Gas Hydrates in India: Potential and Development’ by Dr Kalachand Sain, Gas Hydrate Group, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, at No, 63, Kavita Apartments, Basappa Layout, 12th Cross, Gavipuram, 4 pm. Beach.
Cultural Swastik: Staging of play ‘Badaku Jataka Bandi’ by Rajguru Hosakote, Rangashankara, JP Nagar, 7:30 pm Carmel Pre-University College: Rendezvous 2011, intercollegiate festival of talents, No. 14, 4th Cross, II Block, II Stage, West of Chord Road, Basaveshwarnagar, 5 pm
Music Annie and Michael Devine Live: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Take 5, No 54 MSK Plaza, Defence Colony, 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar A night of jazz, blues and easy listening with Annie and Michael Devine performing classic tunes from years gone by.
Eating Out Power Lunch: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wi-fi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. ‘The Kari Culture’ at Blue Ginger: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Blue Ginger, The Taj West End, 23 Race Cource Road , Blue Ginger creates an interesting way to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and how to create some of the popular culinary innovations. ‘The Kari Kulture’ is for all the ladies who want to learn the finer aspects of Vietnamese cuisine, supervised by Chef Rishi. This is followed by a meal at the restaurant, where the guests taste what they cook. The Grand Indian Lunch Buffet @ Turquoise: uesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Turquoise, No 9, 2nd & 3rd Floors, 17th A Main, Koramangala Experience the Grand Indian Lunch buffet consisting of over 35 dishes every weekday with around 5 starters, 4 vegetarian gravies, 2 non vegetarian gravies , 7 desserts and lots more.
Nightlife Hip Hop night: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid plays the latest hip hop tracks from around the world. Open Mic Night @ Kyra: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kyra Theatre, No 2001 Kattima Center, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar The Open Mic Night aims to bring out new talent - whether it’s music, stand up comedy, poetry or dance. Funky Tuesdays with DJs Prashant and Darsh: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Coco Bongo, 4th Floor, Commercial Complex, National Games Village, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala DJs Prashant and Darsh spinning hip hop & RnB this Tuesday at Coco Bongo. There’s a 1+1 offer on drinks all night. Karaoke Night with KJ Val: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Xtreme Sports Bar, 4th Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Test those vocal chords at karaoke night with KJ Val. Happy Tuesdays with DJs Pallemoni and Akso: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJs Pallemoni and Akso spinning deep house, disco and electronica this Tue @ The
Shopping Rio by Titan Eye+: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Titan Eye+, Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, A trendy, fashionable collection for the young and young at heart. The frames are available in a host of bright colours. Puma Faas Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Puma, A fun, technologically advanced range of running shoes by Puma. Fall Winter 2011 Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Esprit, No 10 Ananda Bhavan, Vittal Mallya Road, Stripes, florals, wool, tweed, retro and preppy come together in Esprit’s new Fall Winter 2011 Collection. OWW Sale: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. One Wit Wonders, No 32 ACR Towers, Residency Road, Flat 50% off on selected products at One Wit Wonders. Lustrous Moon Collection: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Collage, No 21/1, Wood Street, Ashoknagar The Lustrous Moon Collection by Bharathi Raviprakash pays homage to the glow of the moon. The collection includes gold jewellery with pearls in colours of golden, black and chocolate, and diamonds as well.
Industrial output slumps, sensex down 360 points
Mumbai: India’s industrial output, measured by the index of industrial production or IIP, declined 5.1 per cent in October 2011. It is the first time since June 2009 that the industrial output growth fell to the negative zone. Industrial output growth was 11.3 per cent in the year ago period. The steep fall in the production was led by sectors like manufacturing, mining and capital goods. This means the industry sees a slower consumer demand for business and has cut production of goods and services. The output fall was worse than the stock market expected. The BSE Sensex fell by near 200 points after making a positive beginning when the data was released. According to a poll of economists, the industrial output was expected to grow anywhere between -5 per cent and 3.2 per cent. “Growth has taken a beating,” said C Rangarajan, chairman of Prime Ministers Economic Advisory Council. "The 5.1% decline in October IIP came as a serious disappointment to industry, which was not expecting such a sharp decline despite the base effect at work," said Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII. CII surveys have been pointing towards declining business sentiment and poor growth prospects for some time. "While all sectors have fallen in October, the sharp decline in the capital goods sector is of particular concern, as it indicates a lack of investments, which will continue to be a drag on growth," added Banerjee. The continued decline in the mining sector indicates the problems created by the closure of
mines. CII is concerned that if allowed to continue, this would have serious consequences on employment and livelihoods. CII also believes urgent measures are required to induce investments, including creating a shelf of bankable projects, particularly in infrastructure. "Also, there is a need to roll back of interest rate hikes and improve the fiscal situation , which in turn would help ease the effective rate of interest, create a taxation environment that is conducive for investments, " he explained. “The data is extremely disappointing,” said Saugata Bhattacharya, economist at Axis Bank. The slowdown is a clear manifestation of successive rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of India. India's central bank has raised rates 13 times since March 2010. Despite these rate hikes, inflation and input costs continue to be high. The output of the manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 per cent of the index of industrial production, fell 6 per cent in October, compared to a 12.3 per cent growth in the same month of 2010. The mining output declined by 7.2 per cent against a growth of 6.1 per cent in October last year. Production of capital goods fell sharply by 25.5 per cent in the month under review. The activity of this represents the overall demand for construction and development activity. The segment had grown by 21.1 per cent in October 2010. The stock market reaction is visible. Indices that track listed companies in the manufacturing space fell sharply in comparison to the broader market. The BSE Capital Goods index fell 2.4 per cent on Monday while the BSE Auto index fell 1.9 per cent. The BSE Power index also fell close to 2
Govt, industry to discuss slump New Delhi: Commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma will hold a government-industry consultation next week to discuss the slump in factory output, an official statement said today. "The minister will hold government-industry consultation on the issue Dec 19, 2011, after his return from the WTO ministerial meeting," the ministry of commerce and industry said in a statement. The ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is scheduled to be held in Geneva Dec 15-17. Industrial output growth has declined in the last few months and slumped into negative territory in October. Factory output, measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), slumped to minus 5.1 percent in October this year as per cent. The BSE 500 index fell 1.3 per cent. Experts say that with a better crop ahead and a promise of a pause in interest rate hike by the Reserve Bank of India, things should look up. “RBI indicated a pause in rate hike in the guidelines,” Rangarajan added saying that the agriculture sector could do better going forward. Bhattacharya of Axis Bank said that a good crop harvest could prop up consumer demand. The consumer durables sector saw production decline by 0.3 per cent, compared to a 14.2 per cent growth in October last year. The output of
Fashion show over water
Tuesdays with the Bard: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 7 p.m. Urban Solace - Cafe for the Soul, No 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor Lake Tuesdays with the Bard is an initiative to create opportunities for poets and poetry lovers to get together. It features poets reading their creations in a new experience every Tuesday. Members of the audience are encouraged to come forward and share poems as well.
Bangalore: A week of competitive water sports action came to an end with a nautical theme-based fashion show on water by Bangalore’s fashion guru Prasad Bidapa. His models showcased a range of ethnic and casual wear. The ramp, built onto the lake, provided the perfect background as the twilight set in and the models sashayed up and down displaying the collection. It was the concluding event of the 22nd National Kayaking and Canoeing Championship Over 1,000 paddlers from across the country took part in the five-day championship at Ulsoor lake. This is the second time that the championship was held in Bangalore.
Colours & Hues: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur A group show by artists Kanthraj N, Rima Ray & Rakesh Mandal at Gallerie Third Eye. Synesthesia: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleryske, No 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town A group show featuring works by Andrea Anastasio, Luigi Anastasio and Avinash Veeraraghavan. The works are displayed in the house-like space of the gallery, so that they are approached without demarcations and distinctions thus making the viewer experience the works in one continuous alternation of media from video and painting, to photography and sculpture. Solo show @ Apparao: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Apparao Galleries, No 82 The Presidency, St Marks Road, Apparao Galleries presents an exhibition of paintings by T. Vaikuntam. The Eye of Graciela Iturbide: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tasveer, No 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, A collection of black and white pictures shot by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, in locales across the world. Now and Tomorrow : Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kynkyny Art, No 148 Embassy Square, Infantry Road, An exhibition by eleven emerging artists, which travels into contemporary territory and throws up a commentary on the rapidly changing, continually shifting here and now of modern India. Group Show @ Renaissance: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, An exhibition of paintings by Shraddha DD, Deepa Vedpathak, Shama Rane and Shivaji Chavan.
Chidambaramʼs junior tables bill New Delhi: Facing an opposition boycott in parliament over his alleged role in the 2G scam, Home Minister P. Chidambaram Monday avoided a major confrontation in the house when he let his junior minister introduce a bill in the Lok Sabha that was originally listed in his name. Though it is a norm for ministers of state to introduce bills in parliament, the list of Monday's Lok Sabha business mentioned that the Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2011, will be introduced by Chidambaram. Chidambaram was not in the house when Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran moved the bill that amends the Arms Act, 1959, which regulates the acquisition and transfer of arms and ammunition. The bill was moved peacefully with opposition MPs smiling at one another. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had at the start of the winter session decided to boycott Chidambaram in parlia-
consumer non-durables fell by 1.3 per cent. The segment had expanded by 5 per cent in October last year. Shares of companies in this space have held their ground. This indicates that the consumer demand is expected to improve going forward and the street has already factored in the slowdown witnessed currently. The BSE FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) index fell only 0.5 per cent while the BSE Consumer durables index fell by 1 per cent outperforming the broader market.
ʼ03 blast: Bombay HC defers order on death sentence
Creative Perspectives: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. noon to 11:30 p.m. Caperberry, No 48/1 Ground Floor, The Estate, Dickenson Road, Artwork by Gopal Dey, Shan Re, Kishore Chand, Ashok Kumar G, Hiremath, Parmesh D Jolad, Ranjan Paul, Ram Onkar, Mini Arora and more.
compared to 11.3 percent growth registered during the corresponding month of last year. Sharma expressed “deep concern over the sharp decline in industrial production, particularly in the fall of manufacturing which are engaging the government’s attention at the highest level”. The output of the manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 percent of the IIP index, declined by six percent in October, as against a growth of 12.3 percent registered during the corresponding month of 2010. India Inc has blamed policy paralysis and rising cost of capital for deceleration in industrial and overall economic growth. The Reserve Bank of India has hiked key policy rates 13 times since the beginning of 2010 to curb stubborn inflation.
have not allowed Chidambaram to speak in the house. However, it seems the way out has been found. Sources said that if the opposition does not relent, Chidambaram's two junior ministers – Ramachandran and Jitendra Singh - would move the bills in the houses. It also remains to be seen if Chidambaram would be allowed to speak when the house debates the bills that have been introduced or will be introduced. As the minister, he is supposed to reply to a debate and clear doubts about the bill, if any, before the house passes it. The ministry has two controversial bills – the enemy property Union home minister P Chidambaram bill and the communal violence bill –already pending in parliament for his alleged complicity A. Raja has been jailed pending ment. Seven more draft legislain the 2G spectrum scam during trial. tions are supposed to be introhis tenure as the finance minister The opposition boycott had duced in the winter session. 2004-08. threatened to jeopardise at least They include the Protection The government has denied seven crucial bills that the home of Children from Sexual Offences the home minister had any role minister was to introduce in par- Bill, 2011, the New Delhi Municin fixing the prices for the 2G liament during the winter session ipal Council (Amendment) Bill, telecom licenses, for which the that ends Dec 22. Citizenship Amendment Bill and The BJP and other NDA parties the Prevention of Torture Bill. then communications minister
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has deferred its judgement on the death sentence awarded by a trial court to three accused in the twin blasts at Mumbai's Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in 2003. The blasts killed 52 people and injured over 100. The trial court had found the three, Ashrat Ansari (32), his aide Hanif Sayed Anees (46) and Hanif's wife Fehmida Sayed (43), guilty of planting powerful bombs in two taxis which exploded on August 25, 2003 at the two busy spots in the metropolis. They were convicted by the trial court in August 2009 under provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Prevention of Terrorism Act, the Explosives Substances Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, and were sentenced to death. The accused had then appealed against their conviction and sentence in the High Court. Today's High Court order came from a Division Bench of Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice P D Kode, which also heard the prosecution's arguments seeking confirmation of the death penalty. The police had said that some Pakistani nationals owing allegiance to the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were be-
hind the attack. The prosecution contended that the conspiracy was hatched in Dubai by Hanif and Ashrat along with another accused, Nasir, who was killed in a police encounter. Police said it was a unique instance of the LeT using members of a family to carry out a terror strike. According to the prosecution, on the day of the blasts, Hanif Sayed Anees - a former Mumbai autorickshaw driver who had gone to Dubai and returned only that year - and his wife Fehmida, arrived at the Gateway of India in a taxi that they had hired from Andheri station. There they allegedly left a bag filled with explosives in the cab and requested the driver to wait till they returned after having lunch. The taxi driver left the vehicle briefly, when the explosion occurred, the police said. The driver of the taxi became a key witness in the case and identified the accused during the trial. Ashrat Ansari was charged with planting the bomb which exploded in a taxi parked in Zaveri Bazar. His modus operandi, the police said, was much the same. They said Ansari too left a bag containing explosives in the taxi and had asked the driver to wait.
JD(S) to help DVS win Continued from page 1 Today, Sadananda Gowda filed nomination papers for the election around 11 am. He went to Vidhana Soudha along with Yeddyurappa, BJP state president K S Eshwarappa, energy minister Shobha Karandlaje and others. He presented his nomination papers to assembly secretary P Omprakash. As a precautionary measure, the BJP is thinking of cancelling
the suspension order against three MLAs – Suresh Babu, Somashekar Reddy and B Nagendra – for supporting Sriramulu during the recent Bellary Rural assembly by-election. The party will also issue a whip before the election asking the MLAs to vote for Sadananda Gowda. But since it is a secret ballot, the party would not have any control over who the party MLAs would vote for.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Fai claims to have met Indian cabinet ministers
Washington:US-based Kashmiri separatist GhulamNabi Fai has claimed that he met several Indian ministers on a regular basis during last two decades of his activities in Washington and had ''a channel of communication'' opened with the Indian embassy. 62-year-old Fai, who last week in a US court pleaded guilty to the federal charges of being an ISI agent, said in a statement that meeting these Indian officials was part of his strategy to communicate with New Delhi. In his statement titled 'Why Kashmir is Important to Me?', Fai claims, "During the past twenty years, I along with Ambassador Yusuf Buch, former Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General and late AyubThuker, President, World Kashmir Freedom Movement, have met
with various Indian Cabinet Ministers, belonging to the administrations of Prime Ministers Chandra Shekhar, NarasimhaRao, AtalBehari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh." However, Fai did not respond to email on the names of these Indian ministers and officials. "And during the past eleven years, I also met with four different officials at the Indian embassy who succeeded each other periodically and introduced me to the new incoming official before leaving for a new post," Fai claimed. The embassy did not respond to an email seeking a response to the allegations being made by Fai on its official who used to meet him regularly or if it was incorrect. Fai claimed that it has always been
his habit to keep the channel of communication open to the Indian embassy. "I have met with the officials of Indian embassy in Washington since 1999, sometimes monthly, sometimes bimonthly. From March 2006 onward we met monthly and at times twice a month. Whenever we had a seminar or a conference on Kashmir I would invite the Indian ambassador to speak," Fai said. "I had a habit of exchanging information and establishing the details in advance with an official of the embassy, and then a final copy of the invitation for the ambassador would be given to the official, whom I usually met at a public cafeteria. "An Indian official called me either on July 18 or July 19, 2011, the day I was arrested. He left a voicemail that we
Zardari suﬀered no stroke, condition improving: Gilani Islamabad:President Asif Ali Zardari has not suffered a stroke and his condition is improving rapidly though he would need to rest for two weeks in a Dubai hospital before returning to Pakistan, Prime Minister YousufRazaGilani said today. Gilani denied rumours that Zardari had suffered a stroke and that the army was trying to push him out of office. He said Zardari, who is being treated for a heart condition in Dubai, was improving rapidly and that his medical tests were clear. But the President would need two weeks' rest before returning home, Gilani told BBC in an interview. Gilani further denied that the President had written a letter of resignation, as claimed by a source in Dubai. "Why should he write (a letter of resignation)?" asked Gilani." He has the backing Asif Ali Zardari and support of the entire parliament." Dismissing speculation about a "quiet coup", Zardari's abrupt departure for Dubai last the premier said: "Rumours are rumours". week and contradictory statements from
PDS leakage down to 10‑15 pc: Thomas New Delhi: The government today claimed there has been an ''impressive improvement'' in the performance of the targeted public distribution system (TPDS), with leakage reduced to about 10-15 per cent on average now from 40 per cent earlier. "The leakage, on an average, is nearly 10-15 per cent," minister of state for consumer affairs and public distribution K V Thomas said in a reply during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha. The government provides subsidised foodgrains to the poor through the TPDS. The Economic Survey for 2010-11 prepared by the Finance Ministry had indicated that over 40 per cent of the grain meant for distribution to the poor through the TPDS does not reach the target audience. The onus for procurement, allocation and transportation of foodgrains up to the designated depots of Food Corporation of India (FCI) lies with the central government. The duty of lifting and distributing the allocated foodgrains to the eligible people through fair price shops is with the states. Thomas said that the estimates in the Economic Survey for 201011 were prepared on the basis of a study conducted by economist Reetika Khera and the latest study, done by a group of research scholars, including Khera, recently opined, "There has been an impressive revival in the TPDS across the country." "The group have based their findings on a study made in 106 randomly selected villages, spread over two districts each in nine states, covering a total of 1,227 BPL/Antyodaya households," Thomas said. The team visited various states, including Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. "It has also been pointed out the days when up to half of the PDS grain was diverted to the open market are gone," he added.
Odisha MLAs come to blows Bhubaneshwar: There was chaos in the Odisha assembly today as members of the Congress snatched the Speaker's microphone and lifted a chair as if to suggest they would throw it. Mercifully, they stopped short of that and instead placed the chair right in front of the Speaker. The Congress MLAs were protesting against recent farmer suicides related to drought-like conditions in the state.
government officials about his health has led to speculation that the unpopular President might resign due to growing pressure on him from the powerful military. The President has been at the centre of a storm since Pakistani-American businessman MansoorIjaz made public a secret memorandum sent to the US military that sought American help to stave off a possible military takeover in May. Despite denials from officials, Islamabad continues to be abuzz with rumours that Zardari had suffered a "minor heart attack". Gulf News daily has quoted an unnamed presidential aide as saying that Zardari may not return to Pakistan from Dubai for weeks. Leaders of the Pakistan People's Partyled government, including Gilani, have stepped in to defend the President. They have insisted that Zardari's condition has improved and that he will return to the country soon.
Pakistan army takes over Shamsi airbase Islamabad:The Pakistan Army today took over Shamsi airbase in the country's southwest after it was vacated by US forces in line with a deadline set by the government following a crossborder NATO attack that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. The last flight carrying US personnel and equipment had departed from Shamsi airbase in Balochistan province and the facility had been "completely vacated" by the Americans, the Inter-Services Public Relations said. "The control of the base has been taken over by the (Pakistan) Army," it said. Prime Minister YousufRazaGilani told the media that the US has vacated the airbase within the time limit given to it. He said the airbase is now under the control of Pakistani forces. Pakistan had earlier set December 11 as the deadline for
the US to vacate Shamsi airbase, reportedly used by CIA-operated drones that target militants in the country's restive tribal belt. An America flag that was previously hoisted at the airbase was lowered today, TV news channels reported. Personnel from the Civil Aviation Authority and Frontier Corps had earlier moved into the base to oversee the immigration procedures for the Americans and to provide security. The US personnel had removed radars and other sensitive equipment from the base. Much of the gear and at least five drones were transferred to Afghanistan. Over 70 Americans were based at Shamsi, media reports said. Following the NATO air strike on two military border posts that killed 24 soldiers on November 26, Pakistan had asked the US
to vacate Shamsi airbase in 15 days. The United Arab Emirates had taken on lease the airbase, located about 300 km from the Balochistan capital of Quetta, in 1992 for use by members of the country's royal family who travel to Pakistan every year for hunting expeditions. The UAE gave the US access to the facility after the 9/11 terror attacks. Shamsi airbase was originally built to operate small aircraft and the US extended the runway so that larger military aircraft could be based there. Numerous reports by the Pakistani and American media have said that Shamsi was used by CIA-operated drones that carried out attacks on militants in Pakistan's restive tribal belt. Sources said the Pakistani leadership will decide whether to hand over Shamsi airbase to the UAE after its vacation by the US.
Country bids adieu to Mario Loutolim (Goa): Goa bid a moving, teary farewell to acclaimed artist Mario Miranda, who was consigned to flames at a crematorium after a funeral mass at a church as he had wished. The funeral mass at 9.30 a.m., which was also attended by several artistes and politicians from Goa, was held at the Saviour of the World Church in Loutolim, Miranda’s ancestral village. After that his body was taken to the Hindu Mathgram crema-
torium, near Margao, 35 km from here, and consigned to the flames as per his wishes. Chief minister Digambar Kamat who was present during the funeral procession said although the artist was no more, Mario Miranda’s work was immortal. “Whenever I want to see what
Goa was earlier, I look up Mario Miranda’s works,” Kamat said, adding that Goa had lost one of its foremost sons. Miranda’s immediate family, designer Wendell Rodricks, fado singer Sonia Sirsat, several local politicians and hundreds of well wishers joined the funeral and cremation proceedings. The 85-year-old Padma Bhushan awardee died in his sleep at his home in Loutolim Sunday.
Aussies will be better
opposition, says Gambhir Chennai: Stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir on Sunday welcomed the emergence of youngsters in the Indian team but said the upcoming tour against Australia will be a different ball game all together. "It always helps to get runs under your belt but in Australia those are different conditions. We all know this is not what we're going to get in Australia. Australians are tough nuts to crack and will come hard at us," Gambhir told the media persons on Sunday. Gambhir said players should also have mental toughness to excel in Australia, besides technical skills. "That's where your mental toughness will be tested the max-
imum. You will be getting a quality attack and they will be coming hard at you. I think one good thing is the guys that have gone early (to Australia) will be able to acclimatise (to the conditions). And we're playing two practice games this time." Gambhir also played down his perfect record as captain so far. The Delhi batsman has won all six of the ODIs he's captained India in so far. "I'll stick to the saying that the captain is as good as his
team. One captain can't win you the game it's still 11 people on the park. I am lucky to have such teammates, during the series against New Zealand, I was lucky to have Yuvraj Singh. (Today, too) the teammates stood up and delivered." Gambhir, also revealed Virender Sehwag and himself had decided to open the innings again after the loss to the West Indies in the third game. "After the first two games, we discussed where we were lacking and saw we were not able to get good starts. So Viru and I were discussing and said we've opened a lot and done well in Tests and ODIs, (so let's do it again). And then we took it on from there."
Rajinikanth turns 62
Superstar Rajinikanth is celebrating his 62nd birthday today and this time it's a day of thanksgiving for millions of his fans as they celebrate his near-total recovery from kidney-related ailment. Scores of Thalaivar fans have lined up special pujas and charitable activities through the day. In a change of plan, Rajinikanth has put on hold his much-awaited film Rana. Instead, the superstar will be seen first in Kochadaiyaan, a 3D movie. "I am a crazy fan of the superstar, I wish him a happy, hale and healthy birthday. I pray to God that not just me but even my grandchildren would enjoy watching and admiring Superstar," said Chinmayi Sripada, a playback singer. "Very happy birthday Rajini sir," said Suhasini Mani Ratnam along with a few actors.
must meet, which I heard ten days later after my release," Fai said. Conceding that he has made "personal mistakes" and he deeply regrets and feels great sorrow for that, Fai claims his fight was for the cause of an independent Kashmir, which is quite contrary to the guilty plea that he was an agent of the ISI and was dictated by the Pakistan spy agency in terms of what he would write, speak and invite guests to his seminars. Pleading before the US Eastern District Court of Virginia last week, Fai, head of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), acknowledged secretly receiving money from the ISI through clandestine routes and causing revenue losses to the US government to the tune of $200,000 to 400,000.
Gandhiji's message Delhi celebrates echoes at UN meet 100 yrs as capital
Doha: Mahatma Gandhi's message that no culture can blossom without people connecting to other cultures was recalled at the UN Alliance of Civilisations Forum which is being attended by world leaders here. Brazilian Vice President of Brazil Michel Temer, in his address to the inaugural session of the meet yesterday, said Gandhi's ideals and vision hold well even today. He specially referred to Gandhi's remarks that no culture will blossom if people could not connect to others cultures and appreciate them. Temer said his government would follow the principles of the Mahatma in reaching out to people of different faith and ideology. On his part, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon underlined the role of Alliance of Civilisations in implementing empowerment of women and youth; promoting dialogue and mutual understanding to solve conflicts; and helping nations in transition and maintaining sustainable development. "When terrorists kill innocent people, when politicians stir hatred and exploit stereotypes to win votes, when moderate voices are struggling to be heard in the politics of polarisation, the Alliance's global efforts become very important," he said. "We must bring peace and
tolerance in places that only know division and discord," he said. The priority, Ban said, is helping nations in transition, particularly across the Middle East and North Africa, emphasising on the considerable role of Alliance to assist these countries in shaping their future. He said no sustainable development could be achieved without boosting human rights and strong bonds among all people. "When you leave Doha please do your utmost to involve people in your churches, mosques and synagogues. Engage students, families, activists. Have a dialogue far and wide and have concrete action to make this world a better place for all," Ban told the four-day conference, which was previously held in Madrid, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro. Around 2,500 participants representing the world governments and civil society have gathered here to discuss Inter-cultural Dialogue to Boost Development. India was represented by Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamad and its Ambassador to Qatar Dheepa Wadhwa. Among other leaders attending the meet are the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; President of Spain Manuel Chavez, Austrian President Heinz Fischer; and German President Christian Wulff.
New Delhi: The political and cultural seat of many empires over the centuries, Delhi added another chapter to its glorious history on Monday, marking 100 years of its re-emergence as India's capital. It was on December 12, 1911, that then Emperor of India George V proclaimed Delhi as the capital of the British Raj, shifting from Kolkata, thereby returning to the city its lost glory. The centenary of the establishment of New Delhi will be marked by year-long celebrations, being planned by the Delhi government and other cultural agencies like the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Special souvenirs will be released, and specially planned exhibitions showcased in the city. A book on the history of seven cities of Delhi and detailing the account of how the present city was constructed, will be released by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Besides, a photo exhibition on the city of monuments will be among a series of events that the government agencies have lined up to mark the centenary year. Though there will be no official ceremony to mark the occasion, Dikshit will release the book in the evening. 'Dastann-e-Dilli' -- an exhibition on the city, will be also inaugurated by her and Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna on Wednesday. The exhibition will chronicle
the culture of Delhi -- right from its ancient days to the modern period -- where both the heritage sites and modern-day buildings co-exist. The year-long celebrations will actually kick off in January when the Ministry of Culture has lined up a number of events that will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the city. Delhiites have already began celebrating the centenary year of their beloved city, thronging in large numbers to a food festival at Baba Kharag Singh Marg. The 'Delhi Ke Pakwan Festival' brings the very soul of Delhi's culture, street food to the people with a variety of kebabs, kulfi and other mouth-watering delicacies. The foundation stone for the building of a new city in Delhi was laid by King George V and Queen Mary at the site of the Delhi Durbar at Kingsway Camp on December 15, 1911 and New Delhi, as it is called, came out of the architectural brilliance of Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. Delhi has traditionally been the seat of a series of empires and regimes that have ruled India since over 3,000 years back. Each of the empire has left behind an indelible imprint on the heritage of Delhi, that has housed no less than eight cities over the centuries, and the 100 years of the latest city marks an opportunity to celebrate the continuity of this rich habitation.
Bracewell bowls Kiwis to sensational win in Test HOBART, Australia: Ponting's possible final Test innings in Hobart finished in a whimper after he was given a standing ovation to the wicket from the small crowd. Test cricket's third-highest runscorer spooned a catch to cover after playing back to Bracewell and was out for 16 to complete a poor match after scoring just five in the first innings. Clarke was caught at slip by Taylor and Hussey was out first ball lbw after a review went in bowler Bracewell's favour. Hughes's Test future again looked uncertain after he was out in the day's second over with no addition to his overnight score of 20. It was the fourth straight time Hughes was caught by Martin Guptill in the slips off Chris Martin's bowling in the series. His latest batting failure -- 41 in four innings against the Kiwis -- will intensify the pressure on his spot ahead of the Test series with India, starting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day. While Hughes's technical deficiencies outside offstump continued to hound him, his fellow New South Wales left-hander Warner built a strong case for his retention, possibly partnering Shane Watson against India. Usman Khawaja again failed to go on after getting a start and went to drive Trent Boult only to give an edge to Taylor at first slip. Khawaja made 23 off 48 balls. Doug Bracewell bowled New Zealand to a sensational seven-run victory over Australia in the second Test in Hobart on Monday for the Kiwis' first win in Australia for 26 years. The Black Caps claimed eight wickets for 74 runs to claim a dramatic victory midway through the fourth day of an extraordinary Test match at Bellerive Oval. Bracewell finished with 6-40 off 16.4 overs
in a match-winning performance to stun the Australians, who appeared on track for victory at 159 for two chasing 241 runs to win. But the Australians folded spectacularly and David Warner's unbeaten maiden Test century went in vain as wickets tumbled around him and last man Nathan Lyon was bowled by Bracewell in the 64th over to claim victory. It was the Black Caps' first victory in Australia since 1985 and they tied the two-Test series after comprehensively losing the first Gabba Test by nine wickets. Bracewell turned the match around with the wickets of Ricky Ponting (16), Michael Clarke (0), Mike Hussey (0), James Pattinson (4), Mitchell Starc (0) and Lyon (9). Warner finished unbeaten on 123 off 170 balls with 14 boundaries to cement his position in the Test side after fellow opener Phillip Hughes was out again cheaply. Warner edged out Bracewell as official
man-of-the-match in a television viewers' poll. The Australian reached his century when he tucked Bracewell behind square leg for two shortly after lunch and greeted his achievement with a leap into the air and a kiss on his helmet. But wickets continued to fall with Brad Haddin snapped up by Ross Taylor in the slips off Tim Southee and Peter Siddle taken at third slip off Southee for two. Bracewell removed Pattinson and Starc within three balls to have the Black Caps one wicket away from a remarkable win as last man Lyon came out to join Warner after Australia had lost seven wickets for 40. In a tense climax, Lyon survived two reviews for lbw as Warner went after the runs against a spreadeagled field. But Bracewell finished the game when he bowled Lyon in the 64th over to jubilation among his teammates.
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